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 Monday, 18-June-2012  23:24:48 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Australia will be getting an R18+ video game category, with the Minister for Home Affairs announcing the legislation has passed through both houses of Federal Parliament. “These are important reforms over 10 years in the making,” Mr Clare said. "The R 18+ category will inform consumers, parents and retailers about which games are not suitable for minors to play, and will prevent minors from purchasing unsuitable material. The reforms also mean that adults are able to choose what games they play within the bounds of the law." More here and here, discussion continues here.

Linus Torvalds has publically insulted NVIDIA, after expressing frustration at dealing with them as a company. More info here. After saying that NVIDIA is "one of the worst trouble spots we've had with hardware manufacturers", Linus Torvalds continued on to say, "NVIDIA has been the single worst company we have ever dealt with." Torvalds ended his NVIDIA comments with "NVIDIA: FUCK YOU!" while raising his middle finger to the camera.

Australia has created the world's biggest network of marine parks, covering an area the size of India. New reserves will be established from the Perth Canyon in the southwest to Kangaroo Island off the southern coast, but the "jewel in the crown" will be the protection of the Coral Sea area which surrounds the Great Barrier Reef in the northeast, Environment Minister Tony Burke said on Thursday. "The Coral Sea marine national park ... combined with the Great Barrier Reef area, becomes the largest marine protected area in the world," Burke said. Discussion here.

Fairfax media are planning to shed 1900 staff and erect paywalls, thanks Franc. Fairfax Media also said it had other options if revenues continued to fall sharply. "If the print circulation and revenues change materially we have the option to move to a digital-only model," Mr Hywood said.

ANU are looking to build the southern hemisphere's most powerful supercomputer centre, thanks alch. The machine uses Intel Xeon E5 2670 Sandy Bridge processors with eight cores, running at 2.6GHz. Once complete, the entire machine will have 3592 compute nodes, 157 terabytes of memory and 12.6 petabytes of storage, with a power consumption of between 1.3 and 1.4 megawatts.

Meanwhile another supercomputer is coming to Perth. ONE of the world's most powerful supercomputers is planned for Perth to process vast amounts of data being collected by radio telescopes in Western Australia's Murchison region.

While the world is lamenting the end of the Space Shuttle program, the USAF are quietly using their own reusable orbiter, thanks asher. The reusable Boeing-built X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle touched down on a runway at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., at 5:48 a.m. PDT (GMT-7). The Air Force did not provide any advance warning of the re-entry and landing time and no technical details about the vehicle's performance were released.

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